Are You Experiencing Financial Worries?

Has money become a source of conflict in your marriage?

Have you been working ‘round the clock but still fail to meet your family’s daily needs?

According to social scientists, one of the reasons why married couples fight or choose to part ways is because of financial incompatibility.

Disagreements happen when couples have different values and priorities in terms of money. They lack communication and do things without their spouse’s consent.

That is what Rosemarie Remo experienced.

Her husband who works as a company driver was earning just enough to provide for the basic needs of their family.

With this kind of financial condition, they could not afford to spend more than their regular budget.

However, Rosemarie struggled with poor money management. She has been guilty of buying impulsively despite experiencing financial difficulties.

Like Rosemarie, do you or your partner struggle with poor money management?

When one spouse spends a significant amount of money without their partner’s knowledge, it is called “financial infidelity.”

Often, this weakness in marriage can lead to the loss of trust, love, and peace.

Rosemarie felt it.

She felt that she failed her husband and made her family drown in debt.

Because of the tension and challenges they faced, she felt restless.

Having no one to turn to, Rosemarie found hope as she chanced upon The 700 Club Asia.

She witnessed a story of a couple who overcame their struggle with gambling and unwise money management.

“I cried that time. I said, ‘Can it also happen to me?’” She cried a prayer in her heart, hoping that they would experience victory over financial struggle.

When she prayed, she was also moved to give and take part in the program’s mission to bring hope to the hopeless and hurting.

“I felt comforted and happy. I am happy even if I do not get to experience the same thing that happened in the story I witnessed. At least I was able to help through my donation.”

But God who called His people to do good works proved to Rosemarie that He is faithful just as Hebrews 10:23 (ISV) says, “Let us continue to hold firmly to the hope that we confess without wavering, for the one who made the promise is faithful.” 

Not long after she donated, her husband became a regular worker and received a salary increase and allowance. Because of that, they were able to pay all their debts in a five-six moneylending scheme. Her children were also able to finish their studies.

But more than the financial breakthrough, Rosemarie is so grateful that she experienced rekindled love in their marriage.

When Rosemarie surrendered her financial worries to God, she learned how to be a blessing despite her lack and struggles. She gave with a cheerful heart expecting nothing in return.

Yet the Lord is gracious and good.

He proved to Rosemarie that He is the God who hears and sees (Genesis 16:13). When people put their trust in Him, He answers their prayers (1 Chronicle 5:20).

Truly, we can never outgive God nor imagine the things He can give and show us.

Are you also longing for a breakthrough in your life?

God cares about every area of your life. Do not hesitate to call unto Him! He is there to listen, help, and deliver you.

Seek Him and He shall surely answer you. He is there to deliver you from all your fears (Psalm 34:4).

If you need prayers and encouragement, feel free to contact us through the CBN Asia Prayer Center.

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How Can I Put My Hope in God in Difficult Times?

Hope makes the faith stronger.

It helps you see that something better is coming along your way regardless of your circumstances.

But what if your situation is trying to steal your hope?

Will you still hold on to it?

Be inspired by the story of Mirasol and Jamar Tandoy.

Mirasol and Jamar tied the knot in 2007. Like many newly married couples, life has been challenging for them at first.

“I had to let go of my teaching career to be with my husband; we only depended on the pastor’s allowance from the church. But God made a way for us to enjoy our simple beginnings,” Mirasol recalled.

Despite their hardships as a newlywed, they still hold on to God’s character–that He is still good.

Do you also cling to God when life seems full of challenges?

One of Mirasol and Jamar’s desires is to have their own family.

But their faith was tested when Mirasol suffered her first miscarriage in 2011.

“It was really hard for me. I was so emotional during those times and my husband was not with me while I was bleeding. I was very disappointed. My heart became cold towards God because of what happened,” Mirasol painfully recalled.

Jamar shared his sentiments, “Only God knew what was happening. Despite what my wife went through, I am relieved to know that she still listens and believes in God.”

When things don’t go our way, the natural response is to question God’s ways.

But be assured that God knows what He is doing. His plans are not to hurt you but to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

As the Jamar and Mirasol sought God for hope and comfort, they chanced upon The 700 Club of Asia. Through the show, they were moved to bless their kababayans in need.

“We saw the wide reach of Operation Blessing and how they help people. We are inspired by their mission. Even though we didn’t have much during that time, the Holy Spirit encouraged us to be part of the ministry by giving,” Maricris shared.

The couple remained hopeful in God. They still believe that the Lord can grant their ultimate desire.

But still, it did not happen as they expected.

For the second time, Mirasol experienced another miscarriage.

“After my second miscarriage, I wrestled with God through prayer. I became so emotional again. I questioned Him why it happened. But my husband is full of God’s wisdom. He encouraged me. He really showed his care and love for me during those moments,” Mirasol said.

The struggle they faced was truly great, but their faith was even greater! In fact, it grew stronger!

While they were watching The 700 Club of Asia, they joined the hosts’ prayer for couples who want to have a child.

“We felt that the prayer was meant for us. It helped strengthen our faith that God will grant us our desires,” Mirasol convincingly shared.

Jamar was also praying with his beloved wife, “We will never forget that moment. God used that prayer for us to remain hopeful.”

Finally, after the long wait, God answered their prayer!

Truly, no one can God’s perfect plan. In 2018, Mirasol and Jamar became parents to baby Gamaliel.

“I was so happy and grateful to God. That time was the year He gifted us a baby,” Mirasol happily shared.

But wait, there’s more!

The couple’s blessings did not end there. God also blessed them with new businesses: A coffee shop, a farm, and an online trading venture.

Jamar expressed his gratitude to God and to The 700 Club of Asia, “The program has a huge impact in our lives. It reminded me that when we come to God in prayer, He really listens.”

Mirasol added, “Whatever we have reaped today, The 700 Club of Asia has been a part of it. It is one of God’s channels for us to extend our blessings to others.”

Like Jamar and Mirasol, don’t let your situation steal your hope in the Lord.

God is bigger than what you are currently facing.

Let His presence be your source of hope as you face life’s challenges.

Do you need someone to pray for your concerns? The CBN Asia Prayer Center is here to listen and pray for you. Call 8-737-0-700.

Like Jamar and Mirasol, you can be a blessing, too. Partner with CBN Asia today and share God’s love to your kababayans in need!

Feeling Lost and Insecure About You Career?

Finally, your day has come. It’s graduation day!

The classes have ended. The exams are behind you. You have your life in your own hands and the possibilities are endless. With a degree to show off and dreams you want to achieve, it feels like nothing can stop you.

But after many applications, rejections, short-lived jobs, and growing dissatisfaction with your career path, life hits—it’s not as easy as you have expected.

The passion fizzles out. Hope fades away. Self-doubt bubbles up. Then you ask, “Is there a meaningful career that awaits me?”

If there’s a person that can relate to your dilemma, it’s Lyzanette Padua.

Lyzanette struggled to find a permanent job in Denmark. Due to back-to-back rejections despite her marketing degree, she had to jump from one temporary part-time job to another to survive.

She had to decide between getting her dream job and making ends meet. She had no choice. Her passion had to be pushed to the side.

For Lyzanette, the early stages of her career were this: Finding a job that didn’t fit her degree, giving it all that she got, losing that job a few months later, and picking herself back up again to find another.

It lasted for almost five years. Because of that, her passion eventually fizzled out, and self-doubt started to creep in.

“Am I not good enough?” Lyzanette lamented.

Do you share the same sentiments with Lyzanette?

Have you been faced with back-to-back rejections in your life?

Have you questioned yourself and your capabilities?

Have you grown weary of believing that a stable, fulfilling job will ever come your way?

If you do, let Lyzanette’s story remind you that even in the face of an unstable career, God is working things out for your good.

In those moments when things weren’t working out for Lyzanette, she clung to her faith in the Lord. Despite her worries for the future, Lyzanette, with the help of her friend back in the Philippines, developed a daily habit of talking about God and His promises.

Through those conversations, Lyzanette regained hope that God is doing something behind the scenes.

Inspired by the stories of Operation Blessing outreaches featured in The 700 Club Asia program, Lyzanette has been faithful to give 10% of her monthly salary to the ministry.

Even though she wasn’t sure if she would have enough for tomorrow, she chose to give in faith and clung to the promises in Galatians 6:9:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Despite not living her dream life yet, Lyzanette chose to trust God. With nothing but faith and a hopeful heart, Lyzanette tried to apply for a job again.

Lyzanette finally got accepted as a Sales Adviser in a clothing company in Denmark. Besides having good benefits and a higher salary, her new job is something that she loves to do.

She finally saw the fruit of her faith and generosity.

“God would really exceed your expectations,” Lyzanette shared with gratitude.

Despite her long-drawn season of feeling lost and insecure about her career, God showed her that those who trust Him will surely find favor in His sight. Lyzanette found freedom from all her worries and fears.

God wants to do the same with you.

While it’s tempting to think that your career right now isn’t promising at all or that you might never measure up, the truth is that God is the author of your life. You don’t have to fear and worry about what the future holds.

Lyzanette’s story is a testament that those who seek, depend, and surrender everything to God will find His hand in everything that they do, even in unstable careers.

Let the truth of her story fuel your faith as you pursue the desires of you heart—yes, there is a meaningful, fulfilling, and stable career that God has in store for you.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Like Lyzanette, you can help our kababayans in need by partnering with CBN Asia. If you are praying for a breakthrough in your career, our 24/7 Prayer Center is always available to pray with you.

Are You Praying for Blessings?

Was there ever a time in your life when you thought everything was fine then suddenly, things just started to fall apart?

Out of nowhere, what seemed like a promising dream became a haunting nightmare.

Ligaya Antonio thought that she had a great and foolproof idea when she started joining the online selling trend. For her, it was a great opportunity to earn a lot of money while doing something she is very comfortable with.

In a few months’ time, Ligaya’s sales skyrocketed. At one point, she was able to earn as much as Php 200,000, which encouraged her to keep going. From time to time, she and her husband would go back and forth to Hong Kong to buy bags that she would sell for her online business.

But after a short period of time, her business dwindled due to the intense competition in the online market. Ligaya and her husband saw their resources decrease bit by bit, until it became difficult to make ends meet.

They were abundant in resources before, but they are lacking now.

“When our sales declined, our basic needs were affected. It was difficult to get by. We have to pay for our rent, we have to pay for our electricity, we have to think about our children,” Ligaya said.

This situation caused friction in Ligaya’s marriage and constantly caused numerous arguments between them.

During this time, she also had a mild stroke that brought a heavy toll on her life.

Challenges really surrounded Ligaya and her family that shook her to the core.

When faced with heavy and unending burdens, what do you do

Where do you go for help?

Ligaya chose to remain faithful and run to God.

In spite of all that she and her family have been through, Ligaya held onto her faith and consistently honored God by supporting His ministry, The 700 Club Asia.

Ligaya explained, “The best way for me to express my gratitude for what God has given me is for me to give back to those that need help the most.”

She chose to give because she saw the good work that The 700 Club Asia was doing and felt inspired that her support had an impact on the lives of her kababayans. She wanted to bring change in their lives so even when she was struggling, she gave her best to become a fountain of blessing to others.

God saw her heart and He honored her giving.

With faith, Ligaya asked God for wisdom and direction as she tried to navigate her way out of her business problems. Thankfully, God did not disappoint her!

Just after a few months, her business picked up once again. God opened doors for her and gave her ideas to venture into selling diamonds, shoes, and clothes aside from just selling bags. More than the financial blessings, God allowed Ligaya to experience a new hope and a new life.

God also healed her completely from her mild stroke—her body recovered quickly, just like a stroke never happened.

“If I could meet God face to face, I would tell Him, ‘Thank you so much, Lord! Because it’s true, You never abandon all those who are faithful to You.’” she exclaimed.

Are you praying for blessings?

When Ligaya was lacking and burdened, she ran to God for help. Her faith did not waver; she stayed faithful to Him in the midst of her trials and so God blessed her abundantly.

In good times and bad, staying faithful to the Lord is always the best decision you could ever do. Indeed,

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 NIV)

Do you need someone to talk to about your life’s challenges?

The CBN Asia Prayer Center is always ready to listen to you! Call us at 8-737-0-700.

Like Ligaya, you too, can be a channel of God’s blessings and comfort through CBN Asia. Visit this link and know how you can partner with us.

Arlene Delos Santos

Keeping Your Promises to God Brings Blessings to Your Life

Have you ever forgotten your promises to God? Arlene Delos Reyes got so distracted with the blessings she received that she failed to remember her commitment to God.

Arlene was unemployed when she discovered The 700 Club Asia. The show encouraged her to keep praying and hoping that she and her cousin will soon have a stable job to suffice their needs.

Arlene Delos Santos

Despite being jobless, she started supporting God’s ministry by donating to CBN Asia. Like most people in desperate times, Arlene promised to God that she will be faithful in giving when she finds a job.

The Lord heard her cry and not long after that, He answered her prayers and gave her a job.

“I was so glad. I couldn’t express my happiness during that time because I could see that God was moving. From there, I saw how generous God is when we are faithful in giving,” Arlene said.

The Lord favored her so much that she was even able to buy a new house. Arlene was living her life with blessings after blessings, but she became distracted with all of it and forgot her promise to God. She soon stopped being a faithful giver.

After a few years, she lost everything she had acquired. Arlene can no longer pay her house’s monthly fees and she lost her job twice.

Imagine planning your family’s future and thinking that your life is already secured, then suddenly losing everything so quickly. Arlene started wondering, was it because she forgot about her promise to God?

She even admitted, “I was so preoccupied with all the blessings. In a blink of an eye, everything I ever enjoyed was taken away from me. It was hard for me.”

Arlene prayed and tried to restore her close relationship with the Lord. Because God is the God of second chances, she got another job as a fire dispatcher in the Middle East. This time, she is determined to honor her promise to God.

Arlene did not forget to thank God and get back to being faithful in supporting His ministry through CBN Asia.

“I am thankful that the Lord taught me how important it is to remember Him. Giving back to God is part of my life now,” Arlene testified.

Arlene Delos Santos

Despite the pandemic, Arlene experienced the goodness, faithfulness, and freedom that comes from God. She’s grateful that He led her to CBN Asia to extend help to the people who need it the most.

Arlene is now debt-free and is continuously blessing the people around her. Not only does God bless her financially, He increased her faith.

Like Arlene, if you feel like you have disappointed God, it’s not too late. He is ready to help you and willing to bless you as you decide to be faithful to Him.

Do you also want to practice your giving?

Click here to know how you can bless God’s ministry.

If you are praying for a job or a stable income, the CBN Asia Prayer Center is always willing to pray with you. Call 8-737-0-700.

Will I Ever Find True Love?

“I don’t deserve to be loved.”

Coleen Barsibal believed this to be true after going through many traumatic experiences with family and romantic relationships.

It started with her father leaving them for another woman. Her mother was then diagnosed with schizophrenia, while her eldest sibling claimed their own life.

Since then, there wasn’t a permanent place that she could call home. She and her other siblings were passed on from one relative to another.

Did you experience the same problems, too? How did you overcome?

Coleen thought that the answer to her problems was doing vices with her friends. While these made her forget her problems, she eventually realized that it was only temporary, and these could not give her the genuine joy she seeks in life.

Believing her life was meaningless and pointless, Coleen also started entering romantic relationships. She urged her then-boyfriend to engage in sexual activities with her, despite him initially refusing to do it. He ended up cheating on her and breaking her heart.

She recalled asking herself, “My world crumbled down. I felt lonely again. My heart, body, and soul were so tired. Where is my life headed?”

At that moment, she asked God to give her the right man for her because she was tired of everything that she went through.

One day, she got an unexpected friend request on a social media site. It was from Sylverio, her classmate and crush from sixth grade. They started messaging each other, building a relationship together, and even co-habiting before they got married.

Is this finally the part where she finds peace and joy? Unfortunately, not.

Coleen found out that Sylverio has a child, and that the mother was using her child to get him back. One time when she called her boyfriend, the woman answered the phone and told Coleen that she’s in a hotel with Sylverio.

Although Sylverio ended up choosing Coleen over the other woman, she was still bothered and couldn’t sleep at night.

Thankfully, God had an amazing plan that would change Coleen’s life forever.

One sleepless night, she stumbled upon The 700 Club Asia, where she discovered that God loves her despite her past.

She prayed with the host and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Her burdens felt lighter now that she has a personal relationship with God.

You can experience this miracle as well when you let Jesus into your life and believe that He can save you! According to Romans 10:9 (NIV), “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

God did not only restore Coleen’s relationship with Him, but with her loved ones as well.

“I learned to forgive even when the person did not apologize to me. I can now tell my father, ‘I love you’ and to my siblings, ‘I forgive you’. That’s how powerful God’s love is,” she testified.

God also restored Coleen’s relationship with Sylverio, and they tied the knot in 2014. Thanks to The 700 Club Asia, she was able to find a Christian church where she and her husband can grow in faith.

They are now part of a discipleship group that helps them love and know Jesus deeper. The couple also publicly declared their faith through their baptism.

But that is not the end of God’s amazing blessings for Coleen. She also passed the nursing board exam and is now using her profession to show God’s love to others.

Coleen now proudly says, “Yes, I have finally found true love and it can only be found in God.”

Are you looking for true love as well? Do the world’s definitions and expressions of love continue to disappoint you over and over again?

Turn to God, the Author of love! There is always hope because you are covered by His unconditional and unending love.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” (Isaiah 54:10 NIV)

Like Coleen, you can experience God’s peace, hope, and love. Contact our CBN Asia Prayer Center representatives at 8-737-0-700. It’s our joy to listen, encourage, and pray for you!

You can also partner with CBN Asia today! Click here to know how.

How Do You Find Hope After Your Heart is Broken Thrice?

A loving marriage was the dream. Growing up in a happy home, Leah Villarin always thought that getting married is the best thing that could ever happen in her life.

That was not until she found out that the love of her life was sleeping with another woman.

As she witnessed her husband’s infidelity, her dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Angry and disappointed, Leah held the knife and aimed it against her husband. She was overpowered by him and was unable to do anything about it.

Feeling defeated and miserable, she walked home alone.

Despite the painful memory of her cheating husband, Leah hoped that their marriage would still work out. But her husband was not done yet. It was not long before Leah found out that he had another affair.

Desperate to have her husband back, she marched to his mistress and begged on her knees to give back the love of her life. But the marriage contract she clung to wasn’t enough to save their already broken marriage.

With a broken heart, Leah had to accept the reality that their relationship was beyond repair.

Life continued for Leah. With her children’s growing needs in mind, Leah flew to Manila and took her chances. After landing a job as a mannequin model, she fell in love again with another man, Nestor, with whom she bore three children.

But love was not better the second time around for Leah.

In fact, her second love almost ended her life. Nestor became a drug addict and became abusive. Leah shared that Nestor tried to kill her with a bolo knife while she was sleeping. Holding on to dear life, Leah and her sons escaped Nestor’s unstable, abusive behavior.

For the second time around, Leah had to move on and start anew. But Leah, being a firm believer of true love, fell in love the third time. And for the third time, had her heart broken again.

Leah had enough this time. Filled with rage, pain, and regret, she questioned God about everything she went through.

“Do you hear me, Lord? What else do you want from me?! It’s better to just end this,” Leah recollected with tears.

Tired of love and depressed about her situation, Leah wanted one thing—she wanted to die.

Like Leah, have you ever had your heart broken after loving so much? Have you ever felt that you didn’t deserve what you’re going through, and you just wanted to end it all?

You are not alone.

In Leah’s darkest moment, God made her realize that there are people ready to listen to her story. She came across the numbers at The 700 Club Asia.

Without hesitation, Leah texted and pleaded for prayers as she wanted to kill herself that time. That same night, she received a phone call from the CBN Asia Prayer Center.

A call that would eventually turn her life around.

“I am so tired. I give up. I want to end this. This time I’ll really kill myself,” Leah recalled from that phone call.

From that phone call, she experienced the true and unchanging love she’s always been looking for. A redeeming love that made her realize how sinful and prideful she was and how deep God’s love for her is.

As Isaiah 54:10 says, “For the mountains may move, and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain.”

Even when everyone walks away from your life and turns their back against you, the love of the Lord will remain faithful. Even when everything you worked for turn into rubble, the Lord will be constant.

For Leah, there was nothing left to live for. But for Jesus, her best life was just about to unfold. Because of that phone call, she was able to connect to a local church where she grew deeper in her understanding of God’s love for her. She regained hope and faith that God will not leave her.

Leah praised God for the people He brought to her life in her darkest moments, especially, The 700 Club Asia.

Looking at her life, one might argue that believing in love again would be pointless. But for so long, Leah had a wrong understanding of what love is. Real love is this: to lay down one’s life for another. A kind of love that only Jesus can offer.

A kind of love that Leah experienced.

The kind of love that made her heal, hope, and love again.

Are you desperate for a new beginning?

Draw near to the God of second chances and let Him author your story. Only through Him can we start afresh and hope again.

Overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord, Leah ended with words of praise.

“All I can say is thank you Lord! Hold me close to You, because till the day I die, I am Yours.”

The story of Leah is a testament of God’s redeeming power. When all she wanted was to die, the Lord reminded her the there’s so much to life in Christ. That’s the same way with you.

In your hopelessness, you can hope through the revelation of who Christ is!

Find hope in Jesus! Accept Him as the Lord and Savior of your life today. Touch more lives too by partnering with CBN Asia! Call 8-737-0-700 or visit

Superbook Continues to Teach Biblical Values through Gizmo on the Go!

The fun and learning continue in “Gizmo on the Go!” as everyone’s beloved robot friend, Gizmo, and the Superbook Crew visited the kids from Greenland, Cainta in Rizal last July 15!

To kick off the Gizmo on the Go adventure, the kids watched a Superbook episode with their parents and friends. On the “Jonah” episode, they learned the importance of obeying God even if their situation seems challenging or difficult.

One of the kids who shared her experience is 13-year-old Thea Membrano. Just like every Batang Superbook that day, Thea expressed her gratitude to Superbook for visiting them.

Superbook Gizmo on the Go Cainta

Thea is one of the kids who grew up watching Superbook.

“Through Superbook, I learned to obey and respect my elders,” she said. She also shared why her all-time favorite episode is “Noah and the Ark.”

“In that episode, I learned what happened during Noah’s time. I also learned more about God’s beautiful creation!” Thea exclaimed.

Not only does it help kids learn more about God’s Word through Superbook episodes, but Gizmo on the Go also brings fun activities and games for them to enjoy!

The kids performed their spectacular dancing skills on “Gizmo’s Talent Show” and proved their incredible knowledge on Math and Science on “Gizmo’s Lab!” Everyone who participated brought home amazing prizes!

Superbook Gizmo on the Go Cainta

To top off the remarkable day, Gizmo came to join the fun! He sang and danced The Salvation Poem with all the kids and led them to a prayer—where they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

It was a very heartwarming moment to see kids draw closer to Jesus.

Like Thea, you can also meet Gizmo and the Super Crew!

“Gizmo on the Go!” visits different places across the country!

Make sure to follow Batang Superbook on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok to stay updated on Gizmo’s next stop.

From Pride to Freedom, From Being Gay to Being a Man of God

Rocking the stage of gay beauty pageants in gowns and five-inch heels. Winning Miss Gay Asia. Enjoying lavish parties as an entertainer in Japan.

This was the lifestyle of Rhory Mearns. And he absolutely loved it—until the day he suddenly didn’t.

Rhory was living what many today would consider “the dream life.”

He was rich, beautiful, famous, and is considered as one of the most successful gay beauty queens in the 90’s after he was crowned Miss Gay Avon Davao and Miss Gay Asia.

The Filipino-Australian began the lifestyle early, after experiencing same-sex attraction around 12.

“When I was a child, my preference was to play with girls. I was shocked that I started to like the same sex. That time I was already struggling with identity crisis,” Rhory recalled.

Like Rhory, are you also questioning your sense of self or place in the world?

As for Rhory, he embraced his homosexual feelings since then and entered the world of beauty pageants. With a crown on his head and a title under his name, Rhory admitted that he became too boastful and arrogant.

Pride started to ruin him and his relationships with people, he recounted, “You were not allowed to talk to me if I didn’t like you. If you were not a beauty queen, you were not allowed to raise your eyebrows at me. As I won contests, my pride ruined me. I became too boastful.”

When Rhory moved to Japan to work as an entertainer, he began falling deeper into worldly acts. Rhory entered multiple same-sex relationships which left him feeling empty and used.

“I thought having multiple relationships would make me beautiful and famous. But, in reality, my life was messed up,” he shared.

Fame. Money. Beauty. Relationships.

Rhory had all these things, yet it still wasn’t enough. Behind the glitz and glamor of his chosen lifestyle, his actions have left a trail of misery in its wake.

He felt stuck in his ways and thought nothing would change—until he flew back to Philippines.

Little did he know, attending a funeral service would be the start of his brand-new life.

“The pastor preached, ‘Who wants to go to heaven?’ Everybody raised their hands, but I did not raise mine because my hair was too long, and my lips were too plump with lipstick. That was pride. But I said in my heart, ‘I want to go to heaven,’” Rhory narrated.

The preacher asked again, and this time, Rhory faced the most important decision he had to make. The question resonated in his heart, “Who wants to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior?”

Everyone raised their hands again except Rhory, who discreetly responded, “I know you are God. I won’t raise my hand, but I accept you as my Lord and Savior.”

Back to his hotel room, Rhory sat at the edge of his bed—pondering on his life and the decision he just made. He gazed upon the Bible on the nightstand and held it close to his heart. He wasn’t prepared for the flashbacks that followed.

“I remembered everything I’ve done. I prayed, ‘Lord, I am so sorry. I don’t know where to start or what should I do. I don’t know how to read Your Word. But I accepted you a while ago. Is it true that I am saved?’

He received God’s message when He opened the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The Word of God struck Rhory, like an arrow through his heart. With tears streaming down his face, he prayed and repented for every sin he has done.

Rhory cut his hair, changed the way he dressed, and threw away everything that reminded him of his old life—even the pride that ruled his heart. Despite the criticisms, he stood his ground.

God turned his situation upside down and brought him the kind of freedom that he never knew was possible.

Seeking God’s truth, Rhory enrolled to a Bible school where his faith blossomed fruitfully, and eventually became a pastor—a man of God who reached out to the members of the LGBT community.

“I surrendered my life, and it was all by the grace of God. I am just a manifestation of His grace. I wasn’t saved because of my deeds or works—I was saved because of what God has done,” Rhory testified.

Are you struggling with pride?

Are you questioning who you are and your purpose in life?

There are days when the world will try to lead you to a path toward the identity you built on your own. Your own pride. Your own strength.

It’s so tempting to build yourself on what the world says or what you accomplish. But, ultimately, your true identity is based on what God has done for you. In Christ, you are loved.

You are chosen, and you are forgiven. You are a child of God.

As you embrace His truth and persevere to obey, you can discover freedom and transformation. Doubts, confusion, or pride will fade. His truth will remain.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1 NIV)

You don’t have to face your struggles alone. Our trained prayer counselors at the CBN Asia Prayer Center would love to encourage you and uplift you through prayers. Call 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Do You Trust God with Your Finances?

It’s easy to trust God when things are going well. But what do you do when you’re financially broke?

Breadwinner Mary Jane Estiller learned what it means to trust God when she struggled with her finances.

Like you, Mary Jane wondered how she can support her family with her meager income. No matter how hard she worked in the salon, the pay was never enough to cover for their family’s expenses. She worried even more when her father got sick.

“It was a very difficult time. I only had a small income, but my responsibility was huge,” Mary Jane recalled.

There were several times when she was left with no more money in her pockets and the only thing that she had was her faith in God.

Can you relate to Mary Jane’s situation?

Have you also experienced running out of cash, yet you still hope in God?

Like Mary Jane, your season of lack is a time where God’s provision is magnified. As she put her trust in God, resources began to pour in.

“I received financial support from my sister and brother-in-law from abroad. I also received tips from my clients at work,” she shared.

Her faith strengthened even more when one of her family members—who is a beneficiary of Operation Blessing—encouraged her to give to CBN Asia.

Apart from this motivation, God’s Word also inspired Mary Jane to support the ministry, “The Bible verse that spoke to my heart was Luke 6:38: ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’”

It comforted her weary heart that she can always put her trust in God who has the power to supply everything that is lacking in her life.

Mary Jane trusted God with her finances, and true enough, He answered her prayers.

Her father came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior and got healed from his sickness. Even though her father passed away after some time, Mary Jane was thankful that he had a personal relationship with God.

God’s provision did not stop there. Mary Jane got a new work assignment and would always receive additional incentives after reaching their monthly quota. She was also offered a higher pay which helped her get back on her feet!

Moreover, she received another provision; her sister supported her financially when she opened a small eatery—a blessing she never dreamed of, but she received because of God’s faithfulness.

“God fulfilled his promise that He will bless us,” Mary Jane said, who now juggles managing their Tapsilogan business and working as a freelance financial advisor.

Life is full of ups and downs but as Mary Jane continues to put her trust in God, God continues to take care of her and her household.

Do you still have a hard time trusting God with your finances?

Take heart and allow God to provide in ways you never even dreamed of. If you are ready to surrender to God, Mary Jane has an encouragement for you.

“If you don’t trust God in handling your finances, you tend to find a solution on your own like getting a loan without thinking it over. But when you fully trust God with your financial problems, you will kneel before Him in prayer and ask Him to provide for your needs,” Mary Jane ended.

Are you facing financial problems?

You can receive God’s peace today. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors will reach out to you.